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Even storks know when it’s time to return.
    Mourning doves, swallows, and cranes know
        when it’s time to migrate.
            But my people don’t know
                that I, the Lord, am urging them to return.

“‘How can you say that you are wise
    and that you have the Lord’s teachings?
The scribes have used their pens to turn these teachings into lies.
Wise people are put to shame, confused, and trapped.
    They have rejected the Lord’s word.
    They don’t really have any wisdom.

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Even the stork in the sky
    knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
    observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know(A)
    the requirements of the Lord.

“‘How can you say, “We are wise,
    for we have the law(B) of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
    has handled it falsely?
The wise(C) will be put to shame;
    they will be dismayed(D) and trapped.(E)
Since they have rejected the word(F) of the Lord,
    what kind of wisdom(G) do they have?

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